Mrs. Uebayashi: <i>Cottage Weaver on the Tango Peninsula on the Japan Sea</i>

Tamara K. Hareven

in The Silk Weavers of Kyoto

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520228177
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935761 | DOI:
Mrs. Uebayashi: Cottage Weaver on the Tango Peninsula on the Japan Sea

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Mrs. Uebayashi Chiyoko started weaving obi for Kyoto manufacturers when obi weaving was introduced to Tango in the 1970s. Mr. Uebayashi Akira, her husband, has continued to work as a fisherman. Like the other women in the village, Mrs. Uebayashi also does farming on her little family plot on the slope of the mountain. The Uebayashi family lives in a spacious new wooden house, built in the traditional style with ornate traditional wood carvings. Since Mrs. Uebayashi was the weaver, her husband fulfilled the role that the hostess would normally have and took a secondary role in the interview. She started weaving as a part-time job, but it has become a full-time job for her. She said that there are many people who quit weaving due to the depression and the middlemen.

Keywords: Mrs. Uebayashi Chiyoko; Mr. Uebayashi Akira; obi; weaving; farming; depression; middlemen

Chapter.  3913 words. 

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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